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20th November 2018

During Road Safety Week York College hosted a Drivewise activity to inform students about the importance of keeping safe on the roads.

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Students from across the College attended a hard-hitting ‘Drive Wise/Live & Learn’ talk from North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service, closely followed by car cutting demonstrations by the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service at the front of the College.  Both activities left students in no doubt about the dangers of careless driving and the importance of responsible attitudes to road safety.

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In a mock-up road traffic accident, students watched as fire fighters demonstrated cutting a student out of a car crash situation. Julie Norton-Smith, Community Safety Officer from York Fire Station said: “We need to raise awareness about the dangers of driving, especially to young drivers who have not had the experience of driving yet. We have to keep young people safe and we know showing them what happens when we attend a road traffic collision is very sobering. We demonstrate everything a road traffic collision entails, including the practicalities of using heavy hydraulic cutting gear and administering first aid if necessary.”

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Business student Kiarah Herbert, aged 16 and previously of All Saints School, volunteered to be rescued and cut out of a car in the mock traffic accident demonstration.  She said: “Because I knew it wasn’t real, it wasn’t actually too bad to be in the car.  However, if this had been the real thing I’m sure it would have been a very different story.  It must be frightening to be involved in a traffic accident and I think it’s good that students can be shown what can happen as a result of reckless driving.”  

A group of construction students attended the talk and thought the information and videos were quite shocking, making them think carefully about learning to drive and when they go out with friends in their cars.

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